If you have attended Northstar for any amount of time, you probably know my feelings on Northstar Groups. But if you are new, let me give you the Reader’s Digest version. The reality is we are no longer a small church. Due to our size, it’s hard to form deep friendships or to be challenged by another person who knows you well and wants God’s best for you. You’re not likely to stumble into deep relationships if you only attend Sunday services.

The best way we can help you go deeper with fewer people is through groups. Maybe you have no desire to move from the large room to the small room? Or maybe you’ve struggled to connect to community here at the church for whatever reason—schedules, expectations (realistic or unrealistic) or maybe just a frustration with what’s required to be in a group.

I want to speak to you directly and suggest to you that regardless of your experiences in the past, it is critical for you to be part of a community.

Think of it this way. Northstar people are our family. And we have a pretty good family, although I am a little prejudiced. God has placed people in our life for a reason. Some of these people are sharpening, shaping, and encouraging us, others are there to care for, encourage, and equip, others are prayer warriors and still others are just kindred spirits. There are many ways we can and will benefit from having others in our lives.

Whether you join a fun group, a community outreach group, a spiritual growth group or a accelerated spiritual growth group, I believe it will have a positive impact on your life. It is our hope that each person who attends any of our campuses will be connected to a Northstar Group and as a result grow closer to a group of people who are also trying to grow in their relationships with Christ. And who will help them along their Christian journey.

Living in a world where we are constantly overwhelmed with thoughts, messages and ideas that are contrary to the word of God means that we must be intentional about combating those messages with the word of God and that we have people in our lives that will encourage us not to grow weary in doing what is right. (Galatians 6:9)

As we grow larger as a church we want to grow smaller through Northstar Groups, so that at no time does anybody get ”lost in the shuffle” on one of our campuses.

It is our belief that as we grow healthy small groups and healthy followers of Christ, then in turn, we are also building a healthy church that can help to change, impact and transform the world through the message of Jesus Christ.

So please, check out the various Northstar Groups ( http://northstar.cc/groups/) and select one that works best for you. You will be happy you did.